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Hi everyone. My name is Dan Ferraro. I have been looking around the internet and dealerships for several months now trying to find a decent old or new car to purchase. One reason is my beloved 95 Impala SS has been down for several years and I don't foresee getting it back on the road for another year. Another reason is I'm tired of driving my work truck. And the last reason is I want to purchase a car I can use to expand my business.
Now, I do not mean this post to be an advertisement for my business. I do own my own automotive performance shop and want to expand it. I have some equipment on the way which will broaden my horizons and I have been looking at several cars I think would have enough interest or already do; Corvette, SRT10, 87 Grand National, Supra, Silverado SS and a couple others.
I was browsing this morning and happened to stumble upon the "Sky" link. I have never heard of this car until today. I have read several threads, info sheets, spec sheets, opinions, wants, desires, etc of the members of this forum. I have to say I'm pretty excited to find a car like this at a very reeasonable price. I was shocked to see it's going to be a front engine/rear wheel drive set-up. Maybe GM is starting to listen to the public again. Gee, what an idea! Anyways, it's hard to tell if this car is available now, or will be in January? Is it coming with a turbo model or in the future? Lots of questions but I feel like I have enough info to say "I think I found it!".
A fun car to drive, great design, front engine/rear drive, convertible, great color options, etc. Wow! The question I have for all of you is this: is there already an after market for this car? Are there any vendors signed-up on this forum? (Because I didn't notice any if there are). Besides this being a great daily driver to get me from home to my shop each day and looking good doing it, should I actually consider tearing the stock intake, exhaust manifolds and exhaust off and designing/fabricating a performance cold air intake, headers, hi-flow converters and exhaust options of each?
Please let me know what you all think. Any info about becoming a vendor is also welcome.
I know later today I will be heading to the local Saturn dealer to find out more info and to see what is available.
Thanks.

Dan Ferraro
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Dan,
Lots of talk about aftermarket upgrades. Thus far, Mallett is the only real shop getting ready to produce. Their idea is replace the engine with the Corvette V8. Their numbers are great, but a bit extreme (both in performance and price). I would definately be interested in a "toned down" version if the turbo does not come out, and certanly if it comes up shy of the 250 hp we want.

Honestly I wanted the numbers for this car to be closer to 5.5 on the 0-60 mark.. Mallets option puts it at nearly 4.0. If you could reach the 5.5 mark reliably with engine mods I would be interested in knowing the price.
 

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After Market upgrades

I would be interested in kits for the DIYer. That is, I want to pick the engine trans combo out and put it in myself. I want to upgrade the tires to wider, but not taller. I want to have dual exhaust. And I want a reliable daily driver that doesn't burn excessive amounts of gas and is a sleeper car. I would love to see a conversion to make the top electric.

v/r Bill (Wdubbaluw)
 

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Thanks for the reply guys. I will be doing my research here and hopefully be able to get a hold of a Solstice to take a better look at what we will have to deal with to build headers, etc. We are hoping to do the manufacturing only and leave the marketing to an established business. Anyways, I look forward to getting ahold of one of these cars soon. I'm interested to see if the turbo option is going to happen. If not, we will take a look at that as well.

Thanks again.
 

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Wdubbaluw said:
I would be interested in kits for the DIYer. That is, I want to pick the engine trans combo out and put it in myself.
Bill, stay tuned.

V8Archie is developing a kit for the DIY person to put an LS1/LS2/LS7 motor into the kappa. Check out www.V8Archie.com to see examples of his work with fieros over the last 20 years.

Also, I'm working on a DIY kit for putting in GM v6's, such as the 3100/3400/3500 60 degree engines and the 3800 90 degree engine.
 

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Bill, stay tuned...... Check out www.V8Archie.com to see examples..............Also, I'm working on a DIY kit for putting in GM v6's, such as the 3100/3400/3500 60 degree engines and the 3800 90 degree engine.
Thank's SkyCap'n
That V8Archie site was worth browsing - good stuff
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Welcome to the forums Devil Dog.

We're working on ramping up our Supporting Dealer/Vendor list here but it is not in place yet. If you're interested though send me a PM.

Until you become a Supporting Vendor you can get product ideas, interest, feedback, etc you're jsut not allowed to promote your company or sell products/services through the forum. If you become a Supporting Vendor however you can. I've removed your company name/link for now.
 

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Suggestion to moderators, since we presume that the drivetrains are identical, that any performance mods for the Solstice will also work on the Sky, that there ought to be a level of cross registration for the supporting vendors between the two sites.
Or I am sure you may have already thought of giving the Sol supporting v's first shot over here.
 

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Bill, stay tuned.

V8Archie is developing a kit for the DIY person to put an LS1/LS2/LS7 motor into the kappa. Check out www.V8Archie.com to see examples of his work with fieros over the last 20 years.

Also, I'm working on a DIY kit for putting in GM v6's, such as the 3100/3400/3500 60 degree engines and the 3800 90 degree engine.

Excellent. thanks for the info.
v/r Bill
 

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Suggestion to moderators, since we presume that the drivetrains are identical, that any performance mods for the Solstice will also work on the Sky, that there ought to be a level of cross registration for the supporting vendors between the two sites.
Or I am sure you may have already thought of giving the Sol supporting v's first shot over here.
That's not our call to make. Once we get more into the vendor/dealer system I'll talk to Troy about it and see what he wants to do.
 
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